Louisiana Supreme Court News

La. Supreme Court Upholds Forum Selection Clause in Insurance Contract

About the photo: The Juban Crossing shopping center occupies 1.2 million square feet in Denham Springs, off of Interstate 12 east of Baton Rouge. In a split decision, the Louisiana Supreme Court overturned a trial court and ruled that the …

Auto Insurer Loses Appeal for Dismissal of Complaints in Louisiana Claims Dispute

In late June, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled against an insurer and its insureds seeking summary judgement dismissing complaints against them in a case involving auto insurance claims. At issue was whether or not the defendants were parties to an …

Prominent New Orleans Attorney Suspended For Mishandling Insurance Claim

Prominent New Orleans civil attorney Joseph Bruno Sr. has been suspended from practicing law for 30 days after Louisiana’s Supreme Court found he was negligent in handling an insurance claim. Bruno was previously disciplined in 1989, while he was part …

Louisiana High Court Addresses Insurance Spoliation Issue

The issue of spoliation of evidence is becoming increasingly problematic for insurance companies. The Louisiana Supreme Court recently considered the question of whether an insurer can be held liable for negligent spoliation of evidence when it failed to preserve a …

Louisiana School Workers Fired After Katrina Lose Again

Louisiana’s Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its October dismissal of a lawsuit over the firing of thousands of New Orleans public school employees after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. The lawsuit could have resulted in damages being paid to …

Louisiana’s Direct Action Statute Doesn’t Substantively Modify Claims-Made Policy Notice Provisions

Typical claims-made insurance policies require claims to be both made and reported within the applicable policy period. Under this type of policy, the risk of a claim incurred but not made, as well as a claim made but not reported, …

Louisiana Supreme Court Could Hear Taser Death Case

The Supreme Court could take its first look at police use of stun guns in a case involving the death of a Louisiana man who was shocked by police eight times after he had been handcuffed. The justices could say …

Louisiana High Court Rules Railroad Companies Not Liable for Crash

The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the Kenner and the Illinois Central Railroad Co. are not liable for a 2009 crash in which a train struck and killed a deaf woman trying to cross the tracks at an unguarded …

Louisiana High Court Ruling Could Mean Higher Taxes for Salt Domes

The Louisiana Supreme Court has upheld an appeals court ruling on the taxation of underground salt dome caverns that could mean some cavern owners will pay hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars more in property taxes annually to local …

Louisiana High Court Strikes Down Immigrant Driver Law

The Louisiana Supreme Court has struck down a state law that made it a crime for people who aren’t U.S. citizens to drive here without carrying proof of their immigration status. The divided court ruled Tuesday that the state law …